British firebrand singer-songwriter Louise Distras will release her brand new single “Aileen” on the 30th of September 2016. The song will be Distras’ first new music since the release of her critically acclaimed 2013 debut album “Dreams from the Factory Floor”.
Produced by “Dreams from the Factory Floor” producer Steve Whale (The Business) and mixed by Ross Petersen (Bruce Springsteen, The Vamps, John Mayer), “Aileen” represents real musical growth and a sonic shift for Louise, being an impassioned radio anthem that steps away from the punk and protest tags of her past and into powerpop territory. Nevertheless, the pop-friendly hooks house an intense emotional core.
Lyrically “Aileen” is a hard-hitting dancefloor track that explores the dark story of ‘America’s first female serial killer’ Aileen Wuornos. It’s a song that sees Distras questioning rape culture and the sanctity of life. Having already been championed by Kerrang Radio, Radio X and Radio 1, 'Aileen' is living proof – if ever it was needed – that pop music does not have to mean ‘dumbed-down’ or ‘throwaway.’
Says Distras of “Aileen”:
"One night after a show I watched the Nick Broomfield documentary 'Selling of a Serial Killer', which is about 'America's first female serial killer', Aileen Wuornos. As someone who has experienced homelessness and sexual assault, Aileen's story hit me pretty hard but left me feeling inspired to share it through my music. The film also left me with my own questions about rape culture and the idea of nature VS nurture, so I decided to make my own DIY film that explores the lyrical content of the single. It's called 'Real Outlaw – A Commentary on Rape Culture and the Riot Grrrl Movement' and it's available via scanning a QR code that's printed on the back of the CD and also on tour posters across the UK."
“Aileen” and it's accompanying film will be released worldwide on 30th September 2016 digitally via iTunes and Amazon, or CD via Louise's official website.
Pre-order your copy now at: www.louisedistras.co.uk/store
Louise and her band will be touring the UK and EU throughout 2016. Don’t miss your chance to hear “Aileen” live on the following dates:
30 Sept Camden, Black Heart w/ Love Zombies + The Amorettes*
1 Oct London, Rich Mix*
5 Oct Birmingham, The Rainbow
6 Oct Liverpool, Sound Food & Drink
7 Oct Derby, The Maypole
8 Oct Kingston, Fighting Cocks w/ Get Dead
10 Oct Norwich, Owl Sanctuary w/ Get Dead
11 Oct Nottingham, Doghouse w/ Get Dead
12 Oct 02 Islington Academy, London w/ Get Dead
13 Oct Dundee, The Vestry
14 Oct Glasgow, Audio
15 Oct Edinburgh, Bannerman's
16 Oct Nottingham, Foreman's w/ TV Smith*
21 Oct Leeds, Verve
05 Nov Queens Head, Aylesbury
18 November Hamburg, Lobusch (Germany)
19 November Groningen, Spieghel (Netherlands)
21 November Essen, Anyway (Germany)
22 November Bonn, Kult 41 (Germany)
23 November Koln, Sonic Ballroom (Germany)
25 November Flensburg, Volksbad (Germany)
27 November Berlin, Wild At Heart (Germany)
29 November Dresden, Chemiefabrik (Germany)
3 December Lustenau, RockS (Austria)
4 December Bern, Rossil Bar w/ Sham 69 (Switzerland)
6 December Mannheim, Kurzbar (Germany)
7 December Nurnberg, Kunstverein (Germany)
8 December Munich, Import Export (Germany)
10 December Worms, Carroll's Irish Pub (Germany)
Česká televize (Czech Television) has begun its preparations for the next Eurovision Song Contest, the largest singing competition in Europe, which will be held in Ukraine. The choice of song that will represent the Czech Republic is open to songwriters from around the world and once again will be selected by a jury composed of respected music experts.
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest took place in the Swedish capital Stockholm, with the Czech Republic represented by Gabriela Gunčíková and the song “I Stand”. For the first time in history, the Czech entry successfully fought its way into the final. The Czech Republic therefore had the opportunity to present itself to 204 million viewers in 42 countries.
“I’m very pleased that we will once again have the opportunity to represent the Czech Republic in the world’s biggest entertainment show. Our priority is to constantly raise the quality of both the choice of song and artist, and in the presentation at the contest itself”, says Head of Delegation Jan Bors.
The song will be selected by an expert jury made up of representatives of Česká televise and respected music experts.
The jury will then choose the performer who will go on to represent the Czech Republic at next year’s European Song Contest. The choice of composition is open to songwriters from all corners of the globe, who can send their proposals by 30 November to the address firstname.lastname@example.org. The basic conditions for submission are that the registered song has a maximum length of 3 minutes, and must not be published or played at any location before 1 September 2016, and that the recording is submitted together with the lyrics and reference vocals.
“Finding a song which fits current global trends and quality, while at the same time standing up to the intense competition at the European Song Contest is very complex. It is perfectly normal that even Czech artists collaborate with foreign writers and producers. I’m convinced that being as open as possible to the choice of song is, above all, the way to higher quality”, adds Jan Potměšil, the creative producer in charge of the project.
The Eurovision Song Contest is a music competition organised by active members of the European Broadcasting Union. It is the most watched non-sporting event in the world, broadcast not only in the participating countries, but also in Australia, Brazil, Japan and the USA. First held in 1956, it is one of the longest running shows in television history.
Screamo / Rock / Crust / Post-Hardcore Spanish power-trio (Albert + Eloy + Elsa) from Torrelavega, Drei Affen just streamed their brand new and self-titled EP coming out on September 20th for LP and Digital formats with the help of... 16 (!) various indie labels such as Dingleberry Records and Distribution, Unlock Yourself Records or Voice Of The Unheard.
For the collectors: a very limited tape edition is also planned for the coming weeks but in the meantime, this EP is also available for FREE Download on Bandcamp.
Listen // Download : http://bit.ly/DreiAffenLstn | Pre-order : http://bit.ly/DreiAffenLP
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Nordic indie stars Hihgasakite are on the road! Their stellar live performances are being awaited and applauded from Los Angeles all the way to Sydney down under. The world conquest will be concluded with grandiose concert @ Oslo Spektrum, on March 18.
34 World Tour Dates // 18 SOLD OUT!
Check Tour Dates & Get Your Tickets HERE!
They're playing Hammerfest, Norway this Thursday (sold out) after wrapping up their US stint. They will be playing in Norway, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, the UK and Australia.
Italian dark rockers The Mugshots are set to release their new effort "Something Weird" in October via Black Widow Records, celebrating the band's XV anniversary. Today the band has unveiled the album cover art (above) which was designed by Enzo Rizzi.
Black Widow Records and The Mugshots are pleased to disclose the cover of “Something Weird”, to be released next October. The album, produced by Freddy Delirio (Death SS, H.A.R.E.M.) will be featuring Matt Malley (ex-Counting Crows) and Tony Dolan (Venom Inc.) among others. The band's portrait is a drawing by renowned Enzo Rizzi, the Italian comic author whose Rock & Metal comic books have been sold-out more than once. The other drawings in the booklet are done by Stefano Alghisi (creator of Jim Morrison's comic bio “Morrison Hotel”) whose drawings have been included in the Italian edition of “Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps” by Dick Porter.
Watch the 15 minutes studio report here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROuhOMDLIGw
An extra value to “Something Weird” is added by the presence of an all-star team of guest stars:
- Matt Malley (Oscar/Grammy nominated Counting Crows founding member)
- Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan (Venom Inc., Atomkraft)
- Mike Browning (Nocturnus AD)
-Steve Sylvester (Death SS)
- Freddy Delirio (Death SS, H.A.R.EM.)
- Martin Grice (Delirium)
-Manuel Merigo (In.Si.Dia)
- Ain Soph Aour (Necromass)
- Andrea Calzoni (Psycho Praxis)
- Enrico Ruggeri
“Something Weird” will be available in the following formats: regular edition LP, limited edition LP, digipack CD, digital.
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